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Commentary: The civil life

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Commentary: The civil life

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Is Congress failing to keep the peace? In a peaceful society, leaders’ discourse is respectful both of individuals and of institutions.  Peace is engendered when disagreement is expressed with empathy and understanding, with respect for the position, assigned function and opinion of others. If respect is missing at the top, is […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

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AG disappointed in Congress’ decision to funnel money away from Crime Victims Fund

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is speaking out against part of the federal budget deal. “It is unconscionable that a fund created to funnel desperately needed dollars into state and local victim service providers will be raided to pay for government’s inability to find sound, long-term solutions to reducing debt,” Zoeller said in […]

Commentary: What faith might teach politicians

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Commentary: What faith might teach politicians

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, R-Missouri, tells me how people of faith can restore our political process to something resembling sanity. Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest in addition to being a lawyer, talks with me on the radio show I host. We’re chatting because he’s written a book, “The […]

Commentary: The devil and Daniel Webster

Commentary: The devil and Daniel Webster

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com This great story was published nearly 80 years ago. The chaotic state of affairs in Congress this week reminded me of it. In part because of the connection with real-life Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, and partly because of the obvious congressional presence of the Devil, or as he is aptly named in the […]

Commentary: Congress, ‘Survivor’ in reverse

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Commentary: Congress, ‘Survivor’ in reverse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A long time ago, the late conservative pundit William F. Buckley Jr. ran a quixotic campaign for mayor of New York. Buckley ran, he said, to make a point and to create a platform for his conservative principles, not because he really wanted to hold the office. When […]

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Hoosier lawmakers respond to Boehner’s decision to step down

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation responded Friday to the news that Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, would be resigning both as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and his seat in Congress by thanking him for his service and his friendship. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, in some ways set the […]

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Hoosier politicians part of the crowd for Pope’s address

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation welcomed and applauded Pope Francis’ address to Congress Thursday morning, even though he spoke about such divisive issues as immigration, income inequality, climate change and the death penalty. It was the first time in American history that a pontiff addressed Congress. The significance of […]

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Gov. Pence sends a letter to Obama opposing the Iran deal

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is one of 15 governors who signed a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday declaring opposition to the Iran nuclear deal – or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The letter states that they “intend to ensure that the various state-level sanctions that are now in effect remain […]

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Club for Growth PAC endorses U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman for Senate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— U.S Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd District, now has the Club for Growth Political Action Committee behind him in the race for U.S. Senate. The group made the announcement on July 30. “The Club for Growth PAC strongly endorses Marlin Stutzman for U.S. Senate,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh, in […]